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Disney and Favreau’s Jungle Book is a Game-Changer


At the end of The Jungle Book portion of the Disney presentation on the D23 Saturday morning, Favreau jokes with the audience that everything you’re seeing was filmed on location in Downtown Los Angeles. He then proceeds to “wow” the audience and the stars of the film with a first look. Sitting in the D23 audience, I was stunned at what I was seeing. I couldn’t tell the difference at that very first (and only) look at the trailer. Disney has just unleashed the D23 trailer to the world on its YouTube Channel.

The photo-realism achieved in The Jungle Book is breathtaking…and was quite possibly a game-changing moment in the way films are made. One look at the trailer and you just couldn’t fathom that everything on screen was computer generated…and that Rudyard Kipling’s creation has never been more alive. As a matter of fact, the young actor playing Mowgli, Neel Sethi, was beside himself once the trailer ended.

While the special effects are going to be the talk of Hollywood when this film is released on April 15, 2016, equally as impressive is the cast that Favreau has enlisted. Present on the D23 stage alongside newcomer Sethi and Favreau was Sir Ben Kingsley and the rising star of Lupita Nyong’o. When you look at who couldn’t make it to D23 2015, here’s the full list collectively with Sethi, Kingsley, and Nyong’o:

  • Neel Sethi as Mowgli
  • Bill Murray as Baloo
  • Sir Ben Kingsley as Bagheera
  • Idris Elba as Shere Khan
  • Scarlett Johansson as Kaa
  • Christopher Walken as King Louie
  • Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Akela

Finally, what is beautiful about this Disney remake is the use of the classic Disney animated film’s music. Newly christened legend, Richard Sherman, was consulted by Jon Favreau on the soundtrack.The idea that Bill Murray is singing the famous song, The Bare Necessities, is going to be a treat in itself for fans who grew up on the original. While I’m picturing the Baloo the Bear song, I’m doing my best to shut out the karaoke scene from Lost in Translation.

You want to know what all my fuss is about with The Jungle Book? Check out the trailer for yourself below.

Can you tell that it was all computer generated? Again, this promising gem will be released on Tax Day in 2016.



Source: Disney’s YouTube Channel




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